- 5 months ago
- Wedding: City, State
I also have really sensitive skin, which impacted my dress choice. I ended up with a fitted gown instead of A-line, but tried several on. I didn’t have an issue with the lining of the dresses so much as my arms rubbing against the outside fabric, but I also wore Spanx that went from the chest down to mid thigh to protect my skin from the lining. I still felt like I had good options, I just had to avoid really harsh fabrics. I wanted lace and there were tons I tried on that would never have worked for me, but I managed to find several soft ones too. I also ended up with a strapless dress (not my first choice) because of the sensitivity issues. You should still be able to find lace (with sleeves) or illusion tops, just pay attention to the quality and type of lace and fabric when you try them on.
Ditto for me, sensitive skin (especially around neck and decollete area), and also a big fan of comfort. I went in wanting sleeves, but found that even the light dresses seemed heavy and weighed me down. Embellishments on illusion tops were often scratchy on me. Like PP, I also ended up with a strapless dress. Tips would be to spend the 10 min or so in the dresses that you like, move around, walk, sit, pay attention to any sensitive areas. Good luck!
Strapless with no beading or lace is probably your best bet. I found ones with a lot of beading to be the worst. Ditto for sleeves.
I have literally the most sensitive fair skin that flames bright red from the slightest irritation. I did a satin bodice strapless ball gown with a tulle skirt. I also added a lace topper for our ceremony. Expensive lace won’t typicaly irritate skin, but it depends on the pattern, so try different options. Embellishments around the bodice, illusions, and cheap lace were a huge no go
Thank you! I was hoping to avoid fully strapless (most of me is pretty fit, but I have pesky underarm fat on one side…) but sounds like I should entertain it at least. Maybe I can get away with off-the-shoulder or some small straps at least so the underarm portion comes up higher and that area is covered?
Point taken on quality too…I think I’ll be focusing on sample sales to get more expensive dresses for cheaper rather than trying to just find a cheaper original price dress.
busybeetobe : I’m also pretty sensitive so anything with beading was out, along with high necklines and scratchy appliques. There was a beautiful strapless floral organza dress at David’s Bridal that felt amazing, although I ultimately picked a light tank strap fluttery tulle number that didn’t chafe. This is the organza one that I loved: https://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_floral-printed-organza-a-line-wedding-dress-ntwg3907
Not sure your budget (it was out of mine), but there is a designer/shop called The Cotton Bride in NY who uses all natural fabrics, and the designs don’t look likely to irritate – maybe browse their website.